Mohale Mashigo and Ig Guara are teaming up for a series of Moon Girl team-ups, and Miles Morales is first up. Titled Miles Morales and Moon Girl, the new one-shot is out this week. It’s been a minute since Moon Girl got the attention she deserves, but why isn’t Devil Dinosaur in the picture? Find out, as Devil Dinosaur plays a big part in the new story.
This issue opens with Moon Girl aka Lunella Lafayette chasing down a criminal and expecting Devil Dinosaur to back her up. Alas, he doesn’t show up, and the criminal escapes. For the rest of the issue, Lunella is trying to figure out where Devil Dinosaur went, and checking out a school with her parents won’t get in the way.
Mashigo writes a good Moon Girl who is tenacious, confident, and speaks in an age-appropriate way. She nails the characterization and you’ll be rooting for her to find her dino friend. It’s also fun to see how she interacts with Miles Morales, who’s a bit older and maybe underestimates Lunella. Mashigo also writes two villains who pop up well and it’s nice to see this duo back in the Marvel Comics.
The dialogue does feel clunky at times, though. It doesn’t read in a natural way in some scenes, feeling more like proclamations. It doesn’t help Moon Girl says things she would more likely think than say.
Guara’s art suits the character as it’s fun and in your face. There’s a baller full-page splash of Miles and Moon Girl running at the reader in epic fashion, for instance. Backgrounds tend to be blank, but with a splash of color to really lift the action and heroes off the page. The clothes and costumes look spot on too. There really aren’t any complaints when it comes to the art, especially for what younger readers are looking for.
Rachelle Rosenberg colors the issue with tons of bright blues and pinks. She really makes this book look right for all ages. The letters by Travis Lanham keep things clean and easy to read.
Don’t let the title fool you, Miles Morales and Moon Girl #1 is all about Moon Girl and how awesome she is in this story. Mashigo clearly understands this character and fundamentally nails her personality. The dialogue can feel less than genuine or real at times, but if you can get past that it’s a super fun book that kiddos will love.
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